Day 2 (24 Days to Smugglivus and counting)
Who: Maria V. Snyder, author of the bestselling Study series. Maria exploded on the scene in 2005 with her debut novel, Poison Study, and has since gained a huge following of fans (we smugglers included). Maria has graciously offered a giveaway with her Smugglivus post–details follow at the end!
Recent Work: Earlier this year, the third book in Maria’s Study series, Fire Study was released (check out our review HERE). Following the book release, Maria was one of our first interviews here at The Book Smugglers.
But that’s enough from us–please give it up for the fabulous Maria V. Snyder!
First off, I’d like to thank the Book Smugglers for inviting me to their Smugglivus! Thank You! And I want to wish them a Happy Holidays and an early Happy Anniversary, too 🙂
As part of the Smugglivus celebration, I’m giving away a free signed copy of the new YA edition of Poison Study to one lucky commenter to this blog (randomly drawn of course!).
2008 was a wonderful book year for me as an author. My third Study book, Fire Study came out in March and spent two weeks on the New York Times Bestsellers List!! I was rather surprised, and thrilled. Making the NYT list is one of those career highlights and milestones for an author. Publishers are in the business to sell books, and being on the list helps them.
This month my other two Study books, Poison Study and Magic Study are being re-released as Young Adult (YA) books. They have new cover art (see below) and are cheaper. Plus they have the map of the world for those readers who like maps 🙂
The Study series has always had YA readers. Many of the emails I receive are from readers ages 12 to 18 who enjoyed the books. Obviously, YAs are finding books they enjoy in the adult section. But I’m seeing a trend the past couple of years of more YA titles by adult authors. I think the publishers have finally figured out that, yes – YAs read books. And not only are the YAs reading them, but their parent’s are, too. Harry Potter anyone? The Twilight series?
When I joined the SF Novelist group (www.sfnovelist.com), the number of adult science fiction and fantasy writers outnumbered the few YA writers. In 2006, I had just sold a YA SF, and it was an unusual thing for our group. Now, a bunch of them have YA proposals out to their agents and editors.
I’m curious what other readers think about all these new YA books. Is it a trend or just a fad?
I enjoy reading books marketed to young adults for many reasons. First, my children are reading them. If I read the book, we have something besides school to talk about. I’m going to admit this in public… *looks over shoulder* …my son doesn’t like to read! He has read all my books, but when I try to get him interested in anything else, he says, “I only like your books, Mom. You need to write faster.” Smooth – isn’t he? Well, he finally got excited about a book – The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan. He loved the series and I did, too. It was a fun book, perfect for a reluctant 13 year old reader – not overly complex or horrific.
This brings me to the other reason I read YA books. They tend to be more straight forward with the plot and not have as many complicated subplots. My life is complicated enough, I want a book I can read and enjoy in a few days. I’m a slow reader. Also I read them because I’m writing books marketed to young adults, and want to see why certain YA books are popular.
As a writer, I’m not changing my writing style or “dumbing down” my word choice because a book of mine is going to be categorize as “YA.” Not at all. But I’m making sure the issues my characters face are similar to what young adults are facing today. And my dialogue is realistic!
Since I write down all the books I read each year, I can look back through 2008 and see I read 10 YA books, 7 fantasy books, 5 mystery novels, 2 non-fiction books, 1 romance, 1 science fiction, and 1 horror anthology. Total of 27 books – not bad for me. When my kids were little, I only read an average of 14 books a year. My best year was 52 books ;> that was when I was in high school!
For 2009, my next book, Storm Glass is being released as an adult title on April 28, 2009 and Sea Glass is being released in September 2009. Two books from me in one year is unprecedented 🙂 I also have another book, Storm Watchers coming out in the fall of 2009 – this book is aimed at middle grade readers ages 8-12.
Here’s the cover copy for Storm Glass:
“As a glassmaker and a magician-in-training, Opal Cowen understands trial by fire. Now it’s time to test her mettle. Someone has sabotaged the Stormdancer clan’s glass orbs, killing their most powerful magicians. The Stormdancers—particularly the mysterious and mercurial Kade—require Opal’s unique talents to prevent it happening again. But when the mission goes awry, Opal must tap into a new kind of magic as stunningly potent as it is frightening. And the further she delves into the intrigue behind the glass and magic, the more distorted things appear. With lives hanging in the balance—including her own—Opal must control powers she never knew she possessed…powers that might lead to disaster beyond anything she’s ever known.”
And the first chapter is up at www.mariavsnyder.com/books
I hope everyone has a wonderful Holiday Season! Thanks again for inviting me to Smugglivus!
Thank you Maria! Now for the Giveaway:
As mentioned in her post, Maria is offering ONE SIGNED COPY of the new YA edition of POISON STUDY. To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment here! The contest closes on Saturday, December 6 at midnight (Pacific Standard Time). Good luck!